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27 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Clothing

27 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Clothing

Sometimes we have a favorite shirt or pair of jeans that we just can’t wear anymore but we don’t want to part with. Some clothes leave us with memories, especially clothes our kids wore. So what do you do with the old clothes?

Here are 27 creative ways to reuse old clothing.

1. T-Shirt Comforter Turn your old t-shirts into a blanket.

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    2. Shirt Pillow Case Turn old shirts into a pillowcase. You can use t-shirts as well!

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      3. Shirt Coin Purse Make a small coin purse or wallet using an old shirt.

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        4.  Shirt Tote Bag Make a tote bag.

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          5. DIY Draft stopper Use old jeans to stop drafts and save energy in your home.

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            6. Shirt Dress Turn a men’s shirt into a shirt dress.

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              7. Repurposed Men’s shirt  How about making a pin-tucked tunic for summer?

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                8.  Hat out of a Sweater Turn an old sweater into a fun winter hat.

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                  9. Long-sleeve Shirt into Wrap Skirt Turn a long sleeve t-shirt into a wrap skirt.

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                    10.   T-shirt Produce Bag Cut up an old t-shirt and use as colorful produce bags.

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                      11. Little girl’s dress Use an old men’s shirt to make a dress for your little girl.

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                        12. Pillowcase Romper Use a vintage pillowcase to create a cute comfy romper for your little one.

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                          13.  baby sleeping bag Use an old pillowcase to make your baby comfy.

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                            14.   flower accessories Use old shirts, sheets, or pillowcases to create these adorable hair accessories.

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                              15.  t-shirt scarf Use old t-shirts to create a scarf.

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                                16. Baby clothing creatures Make a cute a pillow or toy.

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                                  17. Shirt onesie Create a sweet onesie for your little one.

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                                    18. Shorts from a night shirt Create comfy shorts for lounging.

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                                      19. Peasant Top  Make a cute peasant top.

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                                        20. Denim Fabric Purse Not your average handbag, use old jeans and an old shirt to create this purse.

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                                          21. Denim Corset Add flair to your outfit with this figure-flattering denim corset.

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                                            22. T-shirt Pom Poms Create these decorative pom poms using an old t-shirt.

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                                              23. T-shirt weaving & cutting To resize, or add creative flair to your old t-shirts.

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                                                24. Denim Flannel Quilt Old Jeans and flannels create a cozy quilt.

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                                                  25. T-Shirt Art Create memories for your walls with this t-shirt art.

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                                                    26. T-Shirt Wrap Dress An old oversized t-shirt can create a one-of-a-kind look.

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                                                      27. Pillowcase Nightgown Create a simple nightgown from a pillowcase.

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                                                        Featured photo credit: Comforter, draft stop, repurposed men’s shirt, hat out of a sweater, long sleeve wrap skirt, produce bag, romper, sleeping bag, flower accessories, scarf, baby creature, shorts, denim purse, corset, pom pom, t-shirt weaving, denim quilt, art, wrap, night gown via Trends & Ideas Pillow case, coin purse, tote bag, shirt dress, little girl’s dress, onesie, peasant top, via Crooked Brains

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                                                        Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                                        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                        Boundaries are limits

                                                        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                        • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                        • When do you want to be alone?
                                                        • How much space do you need?

                                                        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                        Sample language:

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                                                        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                        Final Thoughts

                                                        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                                        Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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